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Should you tell your employer about your divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Divorce |

Divorce can be a challenging situation to endure alone. Having supportive people in your circle may ease the uncertainty you feel and encourage you to pick up the pieces and reevaluate your goals.

Determining the appropriate parties to share your divorce with can prevent the embarrassment of oversharing with the wrong people. Your employer, for example, should probably know about your situation, but you should still use caution in what you say and how you say it.

Scheduling flexibility

Depending on your situation, a divorce might mean the adjustment to being a single parent. You will need to navigate the challenges of balancing your career with the childcare needs of your children. As you negotiate a functional custody arrangement with your ex, scheduling flexibility at work is something you may need to consider to make everything work.

Speaking with your employer about your current situation might give you the flexibility you need to temporarily do things differently if needed. There are ways to talk to your employer about your experience and the potential for a scheduling adjustment without divulging details, tearing down your ex or becoming overly emotional.

Beneficiary updates

Another important reason to share the news of your divorce with your employer is to make sure you get your beneficiaries updated. According to U.S. News, following your divorce, you will want to update company-sponsored retirement plans to reflect the changes in your life. For example, you will want to remove your ex as a beneficiary.

Speaking honestly and professionally about the changes in your personal life can help your employer understand why things might look different for a while. However, your ability to work hard and maintain your reputation will help you protect your career during an unprecedented time.

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